This statement was made by Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko at the meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council on April 14, 2017 in Bishkek. Leaders of Belarus, Russia, Kazakhstan, Armenia and Moldova arrived in Kyrgyz capital for taking part in the summit. Before starting the negotiations the traditional ceremony of taking photographs took place.
As many as 10 questions are on the agenda of the summit, international activity of the EEU in particular.
Alexander Lukashenko emphasized that the aims and the tasks within which the EEU exists and develops are close to many states. In this case Alexander Lukashenko considers it a necessity to attract new markets both in favor of the EEU and new partners as well.
Alexander Lukashenko, President of the Republic of Belarus:
By focusing on the perfection of the relations inside the EEU, we are not forgetting about widening the outbound. And here, I’ll be honest with you, making current preferential agreements corresponds to the interests of Belarus. I am sure that it corresponds to other countries’ interests as well.
That is why I call for using them more widely for the diversification of trade and investment relations with our partners,
for enhancement of industrial and agricultural cooperation. The establishment of a joint economic union, the task which underlies in the EEU agreements, finds understanding and response among other states of the region. The proof to this is the agenda of the current meeting, the statement of Igor Dodon, President of the Republic of Moldova, and the ambition of many countries to establish a free economic trade area with the EEU.
However, it is one thing to bind sound ideas in a document, but to realize these ideas is a completely different thing.
This is where the EEU has enough of unresolved issues. The Union didn’t manage to stop the decrease of the joint commodity circulation and to exclude the causes which led to it in 2016. I am not mentioning other problems but this one is the main one as we are in an economic union.